Miles Davis And The Generational Profile Of The Dark Magus

Miles,how would your music be if you were still alive at 89?

The Rhythmic Nucleus


                 Miles Davis and his role in shaping the present and future of American’s native music of jazz is very well understood. He helped open the door for a new instrumental ethic for the music that remains as controversial today as his personality was during his lifetime. I believe it was Norman Granz,founder of the Newport Jazz Festival himself who once said that unlike with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington,he never loved Miles Davis. Miles was a man who forced people to get to know him. He never revealed a great deal of his heart and soul to anyone. Not the musicians he worked with,and certainly not his lovers.  Yet he remains a figure of great mystique. And as Granz pointed out,generations of musicians of all sorts have themselves become difficult personalities emulating Miles’s attitude. Yet I know at least one friend who…

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